Alston's Corner
82 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000.
 
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Alston's Corner
Summary:
  • Constructed in 1913.
  • Designed by Nahum Barnet (1913) and Kenneth Edelstein (restoration).
  • Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Building Description:

Alston's corner stands on the site of the first building which was erected in Melbourne's first land sale. This is a delightful Queen Anne design with an oriel bay window on its corner and cupola on the roof. Bay windows are also incorporated onto both the Elizabeth and Collins Street frontages. The building has been constructed in the "blood and bandages" style - with red brick contrasting superbly with the painted stuccoed detailing.

Despite the intact appearance, Alston's corner is the beneficiary of a major refurbishment and restoration which took place relatively recently. The fa├žade of the building had been substantially altered, including the complete rendering of brickwork and the removal of the tower, cornice and most of the oriel bay windows from the corner of the building (see image below).

Architect Kenneth Edelstein designed the restoration, which included the reinstatement of the tower and oriel bay windows and the addition of two additional floors to the building. More information about the restoration of Alston's Corner (renamed "Cashmore Apartments") can be found on the Royal Australian Institute of Architects' website.
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